Turning a dorm room into a personal oasis can be challenging enough, let alone having to keep organized and up to date with trends.
Many college students experience living on their own for the first time in a sparsely furnished dorm room.
According to UniversityCourtyard.org, room dimensions range anywhere from 9 by 12 feet to 11 by 15 feet.
The university provides each resident with the standard items â€” bookcase, chairs, coffee table, couch, desk, dresser, twin bed, wastebasket and a micro fridge to be shared with roommates. However, residents must provide their own pillow, blankets, sheets, and towels.
For many first time students, living in an undersized dorm room is hardly worth looking to look forward to. Students should make the most of what little space they have while being practical.
Interior Design major Lacy Barnes suggests buying items that can be used for dual purposes.
â€œA bookshelf can hold school supplies and double as a nightstand,â€ Barnes said.
Vertical shelves serve a multi-functional purpose since dorms have limited floor space.
Barnes recommends utilizing the walls.
Filling empty space allows for more storage and also adds height to a typically congested room.
â€œBaskets or bins from Dollar Tree are an inexpensive form of storage for odds and ends,â€ Barnes said.
Wal-Mart also carries affordable plastic drawers starting at $7 you can stack on top of one another to save space.